Leverhulme Interdisciplinary Network on Algorithmic Solutions (LINAS)

Leverhulme Interdisciplinary Network on Algorithmic Solutions (LINAS)

Queen's University Belfast is one of the leading universities in the UK and Ireland with a distinguished heritage and history. As a member of the Russell Group, Queen's is recognised as one of the UK's 24 leading research-intensive universities.

It is ranked 1st in the UK for research intensity (Complete University Guide 2022) and 9th in the world for international research collaboration (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Belfast is a modern capital city, welcoming, easy to get around and an inexpensive place in which to live and study. Queen’s is on the pulse of the city’s social and economic heart, sharing a commitment to excellence, innovation and prosperity.

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast is therefore pleased to welcome applications from talented and highly motivated applicants commencing in 2024.

“LINAS brings together a wide range of PhD scholars and an extended supervisory team to explore the implications of massive-scale data processing, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). Our focus is on exploring the actual operation of algorithmically driven public decision-making in wider society, and within science and engineering.”

Professor John Morison

Leverhulme Interdisciplinary Network on Algorithmic Solutions (LINAS)

The LINAS Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) seeks to develop a cohort of Doctoral Scholars who can address the implications of massive-scale data processing, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) for both the actual operation of algorithmically driven public decision-making in wider society, and within science and engineering.

Together the rapidly evolving approaches to data make up what have been termed ‘enigmatic technologies’, where authority is concealed behind algorithms. Within the social science domain, algorithmically driven public decision-making, challenges the role of human agency and politics, human rights law and principles of transparency and accountability. For science and engineering, there is a challenge to the traditional scientific governing principles of transparent working and reproducibility.

LINAS brings together legal scholars, social scientists, physical scientists, mathematicians, computer scientists and engineers to develop a distinctive cohort of doctoral students working across the boundaries of their own disciplines. Our ambition is to support the development of integrated, effective, scientifically rigorous and socially responsible algorithmic solutions.

It is hosted by The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice in collaboration with the Schools of Law, Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Mathematics and Physics, History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics and Social Sciences, Education and Social Work.

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Open to: Home/UK/International Students

Interdisciplinary project themes: Artificial Intelligence, Social Justice and Public Decision-Making and Science, Governability and Society.

  • Full-time postgraduate research tuition fees at Standard UK Rates. The standard tuition fee for 2023/24 was £4,806 for one year of study
  • A maintenance award at the Research Councils UK national rate
  • Research training and expenses

*Application deadline: 4th December 2024 at 4pm

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